USA — The Schenck Jobs Corps Civilian Conservation Center was awarded a grant to expand its forestry training program to include fire management and natural resoures advanced training.
The $300,000 grant over three years was given to the Forest Service-managed training program by the department of labor and a Forest Service national Fire and Aviation Management Workforce Diversity Project.
The program will train 20 students to be wildland firefighters, which will help replace retiring firefighters, the program said in a statement.
The new program will benefit from the expertise of a 12-member advisory committee, each with extensive knowledge in wildland firefighting and natural resource land management.
The committee which includes Job Corps alumni, district rangers as well as retired and active Forest Service firefighters will provide professional advice, guidance, and direction while evaluating the program on an ongoing basis.
Schenck Job Corps, home to more than 200 students, is one of the few centers offering a forestry training program. The program has assembled hundreds of crews assigned to wildland and prescribed fire. Job Corps provides a no-cost educational and vocational training program for 16-24 year olds.